Build It

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a Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

The Webelos Den Leader guide tells us that “this adventure can assist Webelos Scouts as they develop building and motor skills, tool knowledge, and good safety practices.  It also helps them gain appreciation for several forms of craftsmanship.”

Below you’ll find the requirements for this elective adventure.  You’ll also find projects that the boys can complete for the adventure.

Requirements:

Complete the following Requirements.

  1. Learn about some basic tools and the proper use of each tool. Learn about and understand the need for safety when you work with tools.
  2. With the guidance of your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, select a carpentry project and build it.
  3. List the tools that you use safely as you build your project; create a list of materials needed to build your project. Put a checkmark next to the tools on your list that you used for the first time.
  4. Learn about a construction career. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, visit a construction site, and interview someone working in a construction career.

Handmade Hiking Sticks

handmade hiking stickA couple of years ago, one of the dads who was attending Cub Scout Day Camp with us shared his plans for making hiking sticks. They are awesome!  It will take the boys a few weeks to finish them, if they only work on them during den meetings.  The nice thing about this project is that the steps can be done during a den meeting or at home.

My Webelos den made these handmade hiking sticks, and they turned out great!  Parker used his on a cold January hike.  This is a good project for your Bears or Webelos. Continue reading

17 Ideas for Planning Webelos and Arrow of Light Projects

In the pre-2015 Cub Scout program, the Webelos Craftsman activity badge was my favorite of all the activity badges.  The boys had opportunities to make very fun projects, and they learned valuable new skills in the process.

So, I was a little bummed when I realized that there wasn’t an equivalent adventure in the new Cub Scout program.  As I read through the requirements, I discovered that there are several Webelos/AoL elective adventures that have the boys building or creating something.

These Webelos/AoL projects take time to complete–especially if you pick a project that is a little more advanced.  However, don’t let that deter you from doing the fun projects that the boys really want to do.  Yes, a craft stick picture frame is much easier to make than a cool Pinewood Derby car display, but which one will the boys still have 6 months from now?  Which one will help him learn skills he doesn’t already have? Continue reading

Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Table

tableI love the wood projects that we make at our Cub Scout day camp!  Because they are useful items, they aren’t likely to be thrown away.  I suspect that some of the children of our day camp attendees will see the table or chair or tray that dad built when he was in Cub Scouts.

Our wood projects list by rank has been the same for at least the last seven years since I’ve been involved with the camp. The items vary in difficulty depending on rank. We continue doing the same wood projects every year so that if a boy comes to day camp every year, he’ll have five different projects.

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Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Chest

Cub Scout wood projects - chestI love that we build Cub Scout wood projects at our day camp.  The boys get to use tools that many of them have never used before.  And they are creating something that is a lasting memory of their day camp experience.

Our Cub Scout wood projects vary in difficulty depending on rank. The Tigers build a birdhouse, and the Webelos 2s build a chair.  If a boy comes to day camp every year that he is eligible, he’ll have five different projects.

With 200 boys coming to our camp, running the wood shop requires lots of volunteers.  We’re fortunate to have Boy Scouts from our local troops who help us.  We send many of them to the wood shop! Continue reading

Cub Scout Wood Project: Build a Wooden Chair

Cub Scout Wood Chair Project
Our local day camp does awesome Cub Scout woodworking building projects!  Each rank does a different project, so if a boy comes all five years that he is eligible, he will have constructed five unique wood items.

Here’s a list of the projects by rank:

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Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Tray

Tray wood projectsOne of the most awesome things we do at our Cub Scout day camp is building wood projects.  For some of our boys, this is the first time they’ve used hammers and screwdrivers.  The boys (and their parents) are so proud of their projects!

Our wood projects list by rank has been the same for at least the last seven years since I’ve been involved with the camp.  The items vary in difficulty depending on rank. We continue doing the same wood projects every year so that if a boy comes to day camp every year, he’ll have five different projects.

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Cub Scouts Birdhouse Plans

Building a birdhouse is such a great opportunity for our all of our boys.  They learn about taking something simple, such as wood, and turning it into something useful.  They learn about using tools safely.  And they learn about helping other creatures.

In the new Cub Scout Adventure program, there are several ranks that can build a birdhouse to complete an adventure.

Tiger Adventure – My Tiger Jungle 5:  Build and hang a birdhouse.

Bear Adventure – Baloo the Builder 3:  Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood. Continue reading